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Monday, December 22, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT By resolving to explore the world of wine, you can make everything from casual weeknight meals to  festive parties, more delicious in 2015.

Have you always wanted to learn about wine? In 2015, consider expanding your knowledge of wine as a great New Year's resolution.

Christopher Silva, CEO of St. Francis Winery in Sonoma, California, offers the following tips for wine newbies and enthusiasts alike to get started on getting to know wine better in 2015:

Ÿ Join a club. A wine club, either through specifically one winery or company that features an international selection, is a great way to have a variety of hand-picked, quality wines delivered to your doorstep.

Monday, December 22, 2014
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty In this November 2014 photo, employee Jen Sans points a customer in the right direction at a Target store, in South Portland, Maine. The National Retail  Federation found in a survey that only 9 percent of shoppers finished their  shopping by the start of December this year and nearly 15 percent hadn't even started.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

Don't fret you aren't alone.

The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10.

That means tens of millions will be ticking those final items off their lists in the coming days.

But procrastination doesn't have to mean desperation. Here are a few tips to help survive last-minute shopping:

Monday, December 22, 2014

With the holiday shopping season in full-swing, parents will be scurrying from store to store in search of the perfect toys and gifts for their children. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the potentially carcinogenic materials that could be lurking among Santa's wish-list. As part of its Toxic Free Kids (http://toxicfreekidsblog.org/) initiative, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (www.childrenscancerrecovery.org/) reminds parents to become familiar with certain toxins, such as lead-based paints and vinyl materials, which have been linked to pediatric cancer.

Friday, December 19, 2014
@Caption Stand Alone:Need a lift? Elizabeth Arden has created holiday gift sets for beauty buffs on your shopping list.  This set includes collagen-boosting Ceramide products in a gold keepsake bag.  Items designed to smooth and lift skin, as well as diminish wrinkles, include Ceramide Lift & Firm Day Cream SPF 30 and deluxe size Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, Ceramide Lift & Firm Eye Cream SPF 15 and Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser.  This set retails for $85 and is available where Elizabeth Arden products are sold.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pat Krome, left, and Pat Mackes, right, representing Western Pocono Women's Club, were guests of honor of Pennsylvania's first lady, Susan Corbett, at the reception held for winners of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gardening and Greening Contest. WPWC is one of the recipients that received a "Gardens of Distinction" award for the triangle garden at the intersection of Route 209 and Old Route 115 in Brodheadsville.

When drivers approach the town of Brodheadsville from Route 209 and Old Route 115, their first glimpse of the community is a beautifully manicured flower garden triangle. It is maintained by the Western Pocono Women's Club throughout the year. Thanks to the hard work of its members and family members, it makes a great first impression.

The club's conservation committee green thumbs are made up of co-chairwomen Pat Mackes and Pat Krome, and Phyllis Bond and Linda Bryfogle.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
AP Photos/Matthew Mead

Here's my holiday conundrum, and I bet you can relate: I am in charge of this year's holiday meal, which will feature a big standing rib roast.

Everyone in my family wants their meat rare, but I want the outside to be nicely seared. How to have both?

Cooking a big roast at high heat can get you that nice crisp outer crust, but it comes at a price. Cooking a roast at high heat for even part of the time generally means you end up with just a small core of rare meat running down the center of the roast.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Fred Pattie's Peanut Butter Patties are a Christmas tradition.

I once knew a man whose name was Fred Pattie. His wife's name was Patty Pattie. I'm not kidding.

But wait, it gets better.

Fred Pattie, who was an over-the-road trucker, made the most amazing candy, which he would give as gifts during the holidays.

My favorite? Peanut Butter Patties. This candy tastes just like those iconic, round favorites we all love.

Ever since Fred gave me that recipe, this candy has been a holiday staple in my house, and now my kids even make it, and not just for the holidays.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On Nov. 9 the Catholic Daughters Charter Ryan #911 of Jim Thorpe celebrated its 90th anniversary. In 1924 when the Charter was formed there were 168 members. Currently there are 22 active members.

The Rev. James Ward of Immaculate Conception Church, Jim Thorpe, is the chaplain.

The chapter is involved in national, state and community charities, such as: food pantries and toys for children.

Women with a good Catholic standing are welcome to join. Meetings are 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month in the Brogan Room at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe on North Street.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Q. How extensive is alcoholism among older people?

Alcoholism is a serious problem among seniors. Here are just a few statistics:

About 70 percent of hospital admissions for older adults are for illness and accidents related to alcohol.

About half of older adults in nursing homes have an alcohol problem.

Older adults lose an average of 10 years off their lives because of alcohol abuse.

About 80 percent of doctors misdiagnose alcoholism as depression in older women.

The highest growing number of alcoholics is among 75-year-old widowers.